Monthly Archives: July 2018

Upcoming Exciting Events of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is one of the most exciting destinations to visit in the Indian Ocean. Though this pearl-shaped nation is renowned world-wide for its coastal charms, the country also boasts a long list of festivals and events for people to enjoy. Here are some of the exciting upcoming events where you can experience the luxury, glitz and cultural richness of the nation.

Kandy Esala Perahera 2018

Also known as the Festival of the Tooth, Kandy Esala Perahera is one of the oldest and grandest Buddhist festivals in Sri Lanka, celebrated annually at the palace of Kandy called Dalada Maligawa. The festival parade lasts for ten days and amazes with many traditional local dances such as Kandyan dances, fire dances, and various other cultural dances, a large number of caparisoned tuskers and interesting drum performances. This year, the festival is going to be held from 18th July to 28th July.

Designer Wedding Show Galle 2018

Taking place on 28th July at Amari Galle Resort in the city of Galle, the designer wedding show is an exclusive fashion bridal show calling fashion lovers from all corners of the world. Here you will get the chance to witness the stunning creations of the leading bridal designers from all over the country.

Havana Night with Chandani and C&C

If you are a party animal, don’t miss this special night in Sri Lanka! Scheduled to be held on 28th July at Pegasus Reef Hotel in Colombo from 8pm to 1am, it is a family-friendly party with an interesting Sri Lankan twist. Popular songstress Chandani and her band C&C are sure to enthral you.

Colombo Night Bazaar

Held in Colombo for two days during Hajji Festival Season, Colombo Night Bazaar is the largest night market in Sri Lanka. It is an event that serves as a platform to showcase businesses, artists, talents and local entrepreneurs, and is scheduled to be held on 18th and 19th August this year. Make your visit to Green Path after 5 in the evening and treat the food lover and shopaholic in you with over 100 food stalls and plenty of art and craft shops. Music and many other attractions add to the experience of the night.

The Facets Show (Facets Sri Lanka)

The country’s leading international gem and jewellery show, Facets is a big event being held in Colombo since 1991. It is scheduled to be held from 30th August to 2nd September this year; exhibitors, buyers and visitors can all be a part of the event. From fashionable costume jewellery to branded watches to precious gems, there is a lot you will find here. Visit the exhibition and check out the many interesting international stalls with merchandise from around the world.

Top Things to Do in Goa in the Monsoon Season

If Goa is on your wish list to India, you might’ve read that this pint-sized Indian state is best visited in the winter months (October-January), when the weather is at its best, almost all tourist hot spots are open for service, some great festivals are organised adding to Goa’s verve and the general atmosphere is that of revelry.

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While all this is amazing, the downside is exorbitant prices to pay for average service (a bummer for budget tourists) and huge crowds almost everywhere, which might feel a little overwhelming at time, especially if you are not from India. Given all this, it makes sense for you to plan your Goa holiday during monsoon, an off-season, when most tourists stay away, prices are as low as they get here and gushing rains paint a perfect picture.
Here are Top Things to do in Goa during Monsoons:

Visit the Dudhsagar Falls

Ask any expert on Goa and they will tell you that Goa is at its most stunning when it is raining and one of the most mesmerising sites to behold in the state is Dudhsagar Falls, one of tallest waterfalls in India, standing at 600 metres. Located 60 kilometres from the capital Panaji, the falls can be seen at their mightiest during rainfall, when the water plummets onto the rocks with a roaring sound and assumes the appearance of frothy milk which is also the Hindi translation of the fall’s name. You can also check out some of the other gushing waterfalls that are equally breathtaking at this time of the year. These include Tambdi Surla falls, Chorla falls, Sakla-Vajra Waterfalls, Netravali Waterfalls.

Attend the Lord Damodar Saptah in Vasco

Every year, for a week in August, Lord Damodar Saptah (the week of Lord Damodar) is celebrated with a great zeal in the city of Vasco Da Gama. The more than 100 years old festival sees tableaux following mythological themes being brought to the main temple from different parts of the town. A procession ends with drowning the coconut used during last year’s prayer rituals in the sea and there is splashing of water amongst the devotees and the parade of tableaux takes place at night. The whole town is lined up with vendor stalls selling everything from trinkets and toys to furniture and clothing and food and the atmosphere is charged with festive spirit.

Discover All Shades of Green at Wildlife Sanctuaries of Goa

The verdant, tropical forests of Goa serve as homes to a great diversity of flora and fauna and the many wildlife sanctuaries in the state are teeming with possibilities for discovery. Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary and Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary are some of the most popular ones. You can find birds like Wagtails, Fairy Bluebird, Drongo, Three-Toed Kingfisher, Great India Hornbill and Golden Oriole, animals such as Bison, Sambar Deer, Indian Peafowl, Malabar Giant Squirrel, Barking Deer, Black Panther, Bengal Tiger, Bonnet Macaque, Leopard, Civet and Wild Boar as well as a variety of deer and snake species here.

Take a Bicycle Tour of Old Goa

Get off the beaten path and find yourself stunned at witnessing the breathtaking beauty of old Goa. Penetrate the green interiors that seem to have been frozen in time. The stunning paddy fields stretch for miles and are beautified by rains, making for a beholding spectacle. Interact with locals, drink fenny, explore centuries old churches, marvel at the quaint charm of Portuguese and French villas and relish sumptuous Goan cuisine, all this on your bicycle, at your own sweet pace.

Top Five Ways to Admire Nature in Dunedin, New Zealand

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Marked by verdant natural spaces, giant mountains, cascading waterfalls and a rugged coastline, Dunedin, the seventh largest city in New Zealand is for a tryst with nature more than anything else.
Here are top five ways of admiring the Mother Nature’s bounty in beautiful city:

Admire the Moeraki Boulders

The large and spherical boulders scattered across a stretch of sandy Koekohe Beach on the Otago coast of New Zealand between Moeraki and Hampden lure a lot of tourists from far and wide. Easily accessible on a side trip from Dunedin, the Moeraki Boulders are magnificent to look at, especially around the sunrise and sunset, when they assume an orange glow. When you visit here, stop by the popular Fleurs restaurant, located in a nearby fishing village. The restaurant is popular for its fresh seafood and for offering a stunning view of the nearby area.

Ride the Taieri Gorge Railway

Now known as The Dunedin Railways, this scenic train journey takes you through Central Otago Hinterland and up the rugged Otago Coast north of Dunedin. Negotiating a stunning diversity of landscapes along the mesmerising river gorge, the Dunedin Railways covers a total journey of sixty kilometres. One of the highlights of your journey will be crossing the Taeiri River Gorge’s hand dug tunnels.

Rejuvenate at the Tunnel Beach

Surrounded by majestic cliffs and headlands, the Tunnel Beach derives its name from the hand-carved rock tunnel that visitors are required to cross to access this stunning beach. Built in 1870’s, the tunnel hides the beach away, to be accessed only by the curious amongst tourists. The 7.5 kilometres long beach has seashells scattered all along its length. The waterfalls gushing onto the beach from huge cliffs makes for a dramatic background. You laze around here for hours without spotting a single soul or attempt rock climbing up the huge rocks. The beach is best visited during a low tide.

Visit the Larnach Castle

Ensconcing along the stunning Otago Peninsula, the Larnach Castle was New Zealand’s only castle until the opening of Riverstone Castle near Oamaru. Built in 1871 by entrepreneur and politician William Larnach for his wife Eliza, the castle is a brilliant specimen of ancient architecture. Now owned by one Barker family, the castle is a popular choice for local weddings and dance balls. A major highlight of the castle for locals and visitors are lush castle grounds that are open for family picnics all year around at a nominal price.

Take a Stroll in the Glenfalloch Garden

Secured by Otago Peninsula Trust, the Glenfalloch Garden provide for a serene and green escape in the Dunedin. Along with the picturesque harbour views, visitors can enjoy a stroll amongst native flower species, including rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias, fuchsias as well as native ferns, exotic imports and indigenous New Zealand trees. The garden can be visited in all four seasons as every season brings its own unique colours and fragrances. The Glenfalloch Restaurant, surrounded by a lush woodland garden, can be visited for an amazing dining experience centred on fresh local produce.

Best Places to Visit in the USA on 4th of July Weekend

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If you are holidaying in the USA and still undecided where to spend the 4th of July weekend we have a short list ready for you. There are several interesting places you can visit and have the best time, exploring the culture and heritage of the country.

Lake Tahoe, Oakland, California

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If you’re looking to take the road less taken, this is one of your best options. The Highway 1 drive is stunning and a drive around the time of the Independence Day means you will enjoy great weather as you connect with nature. Lake Tahoe is one of the best places for picnics and hikes, and you will have the best times here with your family and friends. Lake Tahoe fireworks are going to leave you mesmerized and you can relax camping out under the starry night!

Savannah, Georgia

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It can be a beautiful trip to this artistic and fun city. There is a lot of American history you can get your hands on, by visiting the local museums and art galleries. Forsyth Park in the Savannah History District is the perfect place for you if you’re into history. You should definitely visit the Mercer Williams House to understand how things evolved over the years to turn America into one of the most powerful nations in the world.

San Antonio, Texas

This vibrant place is famous for its mouth-watering barbeques and rich culture and history.

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The Freedom fests at the Market square as well as the traditional fireworks are some things you absolutely have to experience when you’re here. The river walk is another attraction here. Besides, there are several art galleries that you can check out when you’re here.

Nashville, Tennessee

All aboard the train to cowboy town! Also known as the Music City, this place is known for country music and historic monuments.

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You must check out places like Parthenon which is a replica of the Greek architectural wonder.  Also Ryman Auditorium is a great place for performing arts. The great Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is one place you can visit to understand the deep rooted influence of music on the city.

Las Vegas, Nevada

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The place where fun literally never ends, what better that Vegas to spend an interesting holiday? The festivities are going to last the entire weekend with fireworks, parties, entertainment and what not! Indulge in relaxing spa therapies in the day and put on your dancing shoes by the night!